Arnold Cautious and The Happiness Stone
by Arto Halonen
Synopsis | Cast & Crew | Technical Information
Julius has a vivid imagination, which sometimes worries his parents and older sister. One day Julius meets and befriends mysterious Arnold Cautious, who introduces himself as a vampire, who loves strawberry juice and lives in abandoned house on the outskirts of town. Using Arnold's grandmother's recipe book as their guide, they try to make The Happiness Stone to give Julius’s separated parents…so they can find happiness again.
Emil Paloniemi, Mikko Nousiainen, Maria Ylipää
Arto Halonen is an award-winning director and producer. He was awarded the Finland Prize, which is the highest annual cultural prize awarded by the Minister of Education and Culture of Finland. In addition, he has received the City of Helsinki Culture Prize as only the third filmmaker ever to receive the price. His documentary The Shadow of the Holy Book had a successful distribution worldwide, and was nominated for the European Film Academy’s award for the best documentary. Halonen’s first fiction feature Princes received a warm welcome around the world. His feature film, the The Guardian Angel was awarded as Best Feature Film at the Gold Movie Awards in London, and he was nominated for Best Director.
It is a story about the power of imagination and being different – which can lead to alienation in our society. However, when processed right, it can be a great asset. Imagination and difference are shown in the movie as a positive asset, something to aspire to. The movie touches on sensitive and challenging themes as separations. Loneliness, and self-worth, while contemplating how to face and solve the difficult matters in life. We pursue to tell the children (and parents as well) about the troubles in life and in the world, but emphasizing that there’s always a solution to be found. In the movie we look at matters through humour and empathy. As a director I’ve been motivated in this project by the desire to improve and bring quality and diversity in children’s movie culture.
In the role of Arnold Cautious we see Mikko Nousiainen, who is known for roles from films The Trainer (2018), Restless (2000), The Unknown Soldier (2017), The Guardian Angel (2018).
In the role of Paula, the mother of the family Maria Ylipää, who is known for her roles in Kristina från Duvemåla, Keisarikunta (2004) and Aallonmurtaja (2017-). Father of the family is played by Mikko Töyssy, who is known specially for his roles in TV-show Comedy Combat.
In the role of Manager Kärnä we see Vesa Kietäväinen (Metsolat, Taivaan tulet) and Sorting Manager Kuoriainen is Ilkka Koivula (Under The Nord Star, Lights in the Dusk, The Other side of Hope).
In the role of Julius, we see Emil Paloniemi, this is his first feature film.
Director Arto Halonen
Screenwriter Arto Halonen, Jukka Itkonen
Producer Arto Halonen, Aija Berzina, Gunda Bergmane, Mikko Tenhunen
Director of Photography Tuomo Virtanen
Sound Design Kirka Sainio
Music Tuomas Kantelinen
Costume Jaana Aro
Makeup Artist Liga Zemite
Production Design Teppo Järvinen
Art Director Teppo Järvinen, Antons Ugrjumovs
Editor Armands Zacs
Production Company Art Films production AFP Oy
Original Title: Antero Varovainen ja Onnenkivi| Finland 2023 | Family Film | 89’ | 2:40:1 | Finnish OV with English Subs | 2K | 24 fps
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